Harding Lemay

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Harding Lemay (March 16, 1922 – May 26, 2018) was an American screenwriter and playwright.


Born near the Mohawk Indian reservation in North Bangor, New York, where his mother grew up, he ran away to New York City at age 17. Sometimes credited as Pete Lemay, he is known for his stint as head writer of the soap opera Another World,[1] from 1971 to 1979. The series earned a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 1976. By 1979, Lemay decided not to continue writing the series for a ninth straight calendar year, and first handed over the reins to a new writer before exiting for good later that year. He also wrote out three of the show's most popular actors George Reinholt (Steve Frame), Jacqueline Courtney (Alice Matthews Frame), and Virginia Dwyer (Mary Matthews), in 1975.

Lemay co-created Lovers and Friends with Paul Rauch, later retooled and referred to as For Richer, For Poorer. Lemay was also a playwright, whose works have been produced both off-Broadway and on Broadway. He was also a friend and mentor to Douglas Marland, who served as his subwriter on Another World and later became one of daytime's most prolific writers, serving as head writer for Guiding Light, General Hospital and As the World Turns. Lemay died in May 2018 at the age of 96.[2]

Positions held[edit]

Another World

As the World Turns

  • Story Consultant

The Doctors

  • Head writer (1981–1982)

Guiding Light

  • Consultant (1995)
  • Writer (1980-1981)

Lovers and Friends/For Richer, For Poorer

  • Co-Creator
  • Head writer (1977)

One Life to Live

  • Story Consultant (1998–1999)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards


  • (1975; Best Writing; Another World)
  • (1981; Best Writing; Guiding Light)


  • (1977 & 1996; Best Writing; Another World)

HW Tenure[edit]

Preceded by
Robert Cenedella
head writer of Another World
August 1971-May 11, 1979
Succeeded by
Tom King
Preceded by
Aaron Scott & Anne Marie Barlow
Head writer of The Doctors
(with Stephen Lemay)

Succeeded by
Elizabeth Levin
Preceded by

Donna Swajeski (de facto)
Head writer of Another World
September 12, 1988-November 10, 1988
Succeeded by
Donna Swajeski


  1. ^ Inness, Sherrie A. (2003). Disco divas: women and popular culture in the 1970s. University of Pennsylvania Press. pp. 122–. ISBN 978-0-8122-1841-1. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  2. ^ HARDING LEMAY Obituary

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